The CK Ensemble presents "Once Upon a Starry Night" as a musical pairing to the MFA's exhibit "Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris." The program's first act opens with Camille Saint-Saëns' poignant, impressionistic work La Muse et le Poète and Claude Debussy's youthful, romantic Piano Trio. Both Saint-Saëns and Debussy played leading roles during the Belle Époque by introducing Parisian audiences to the music of new French composers. The second act continues with Philippe Gaubert's Trois Aquarelles (Three Watercolors), full of picturesque timbre and moods that describe the distinct French sounds of the early 20th century, and Francis Poulenc's Trio that resonates with narrative tension and sweet melancholy under the simplicity of French neo-classicism. Join the CK Ensemble on this sweeping journey in "Once Upon A Starry Night" featuring an all-star cast of French composers who lived, created and influenced the arts in parallel with Toulouse-Lautrec, mixed with musical delights that charmed the cafés and theaters of Paris.
About CK Ensemble
Founded by cellist Cherry Kim in 2017, the CK Ensemble's passion for connecting classical music with diverse audiences, historical knowledge, and fresh perspectives fuel their imaginative programming, dynamic collaborations, and memorable performances. They will be sure to leave an imprint on listeners' hearts.
"CK Ensemble gave fine shape to the intertwining musical lines and sensitive articulation to bring them to life."—Boston Musical Intelligencer
"They were exemplary, each dominating or supporting the others as the music required. They infused their recital with humor and a love of French culture."—Lifetime Learning Sound of Music Performance Series
"...through their intensity, body language, and consummate skill, [I could feel] the raw emotions that Rachmaninoff must have been experiencing when he wrote the Sonata. It was a gift from the musicians to me."—Musical Chairs Concert Series